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Old 03-09-2008, 09:23 AM   #11
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I learned to cook by watching my mom , I taught my sons to cook , in fact they are better cooks than their wives. not being biased . Even hubby agrees.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:05 AM   #12
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My mother hated to cook. My sister and I both liked it. Part of the conditions of getting spending money growing up was cooking dinner for the family as my mother worked outside the home. My grandma was an excellent cook although growing up in WVa she added bacon fat to nearly everything. I learned to cook by reading and trial and error. Two things I learned: cumin is not good in tuna salad and Mashed Potatoes do not come out well in a food processor unless you like eating wall paper glue.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:11 AM   #13
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Pk why don't you suggest a potluck next time they invite you over ?
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:27 AM   #14
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SO's sister is in the, "Can't cook, don't want to cook, won't cook" category. We eat before we go for a visit and agree we don't go there for the food. It's not so bad. We just don't accept invitations for holidays. We went there for Thanksgiving one year and learned our lesson.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:36 AM   #15
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Sometimes, its the company and not the food. Better a frozen pizza served with laughter than a stuffy, solemn, boring 6 course gourmet meal.

I have a few friends who don't cook, but just being together is enough. Accept the hospitality, and go home and have a sandwich if you are still hungry.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:39 AM   #16
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i do not like to think of it as snobbery .. but ..
usually when invited to friends it is a cook out of some kind ...
the burgers are always burnt on the outside and raw in the center ..
why people think bbq sauce is something you must put on a chicken
leg or thigh before it even touches the grill is beyond me .. it comes out
the same as the burgers .. i like to look at it as being safe rather than
being a snob .. but the best was going to my sisters for dinner one night
and she made a roasted chicken .. it had this strange square spot burned
into it .. it was the giblet pack .. she never took it out ..
maybe i am a snob ..
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #17
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i do not like to think of it as snobbery .. but ..
usually when invited to friends it is a cook out of some kind ...
the burgers are always burnt on the outside and raw in the center ..
why people think bbq sauce is something you must put on a chicken
leg or thigh before it even touches the grill is beyond me .. it comes out
the same as the burgers .. i like to look at it as being safe rather than
being a snob .. but the best was going to my sisters for dinner one night
and she made a roasted chicken .. it had this strange square spot burned
into it .. it was the giblet pack .. she never took it out ..
maybe i am a snob ..
Oh my gosh you have me in stitches here reading about the giblet pack I literally have tears running down my cheeks, thanks for the laugh!

To answer the question, I don't think it's snobby really. I liked middie suggestion of a potluck, but don't touch their pot Just kidding. I also think it would be fun for everyone to cook together, maybe come up with a theme menu like Mexican night or Italian night.
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:17 AM   #18
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I look at it this way. They are offering you something. It isn't costing you anything but time spent with friends. Who cares about the food. Have a good time together. When they come to your house, make something easy, but savory and without being obvious, let them see how you prep your food and cook it. Say something like, I love this dish, it's easy and doesn't take long. This will give them ideas and maybe, one of the times you go there, they will have been inspired them.
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Old 03-09-2008, 12:31 PM   #19
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One of my friends can't cook, and when we have eaten at her house (generally boxed stuff), she is so apologetic the whole time that I just appreciate the effort she does make. And when I go home I thank God that my mom was a great cook and taught me how.

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It is a fine line between snobbery and ............ok, I can't think of another word so I guess you're a snob (and sometimes I'm there with you).

I'm lucky - my friends have "caught" my love for cooking. We have spent many an evening in my kitchen cooking. People just don't realize how easy it is to cook from scratch. Maybe if they see you prepare some of it they will be inspired.

Just "do your stuff" and maybe they will catch on. Enjoy their company when you go over there - they are doing the best they can. It's a moment in time.
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Old 03-09-2008, 02:58 PM   #20
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I wouldn't call it outright snobbery, either... but I do feel a little superior (not in a judgemental way-- just in a "hey, aren't I special" way) when, at a friend's house for dinner, I see that almost everything comes from a jar or can. I don't cook like that, and it's a little ego boost to know that I do something special --actually cook-- that most people I know do not. Even if they're people I love. :P

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